Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween? We Are Lame When It Comes To Holidays!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
(from two people who didn't celebrate)

Jake grew up in a family who played competitive sports and holidays often meant traveling and tournaments.  I knew this when I married him, and I knew that he wasn't that much of a holiday celebrator, but he has tried on each of the important ones to make them special for me (because I am a celebrator, or used to be a celebrator).  
I have been working in the hospitality industry for some time now, and it has certainly sucked the holiday celebration out of me.  It is sad and it sucks but working in the service industry you aren't worried about celebrating the day for yourself, you are worried about your guests enjoying the celebrations.  This has taken away the joys of all the fun holidays.  I can guarantee I will be working majority of the holidays because that is the busy time in this industry.   
Tonight I came home from work (where no one dressed up or even mentioned Halloween) and there was a plastic bag full of goodies on the counter. I asked Jake where they came from and he said from our boat neighbors.  Instead of trick or treating, they treated us.  
This got me thinking... We are LAME.  We didn't even dress up or go to any costume parties (a lot of the reason was because the costume contests are slutty school teacher vs. slutty bunny at our age).
I have been seeing fun costumes all over facebook all day and people enjoying this fun holiday of costumes, tricks, treats and each others company. 

I am going to be a celebrator. 
I am going to start caring about the holidays and making a conscious decision to celebrate.  I want to have a family who celebrates at every opportunity they can because that is what life should be about.  It should be about celebrating and enjoying these fun days.   
So the next holiday... THANKSGIVING!
Work will most likely consume me on the day, but I will be preparing for the day the whole month with  thankfulness and then I might just bake something delicious for the occasion.  We will see how I come out, but here is to the holidays. 
Jake... if you are reading... we are now a celebrating family. 
Love, Your Wife. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Celebrating The First Year With A Sailing Weekend

Being married for a year is definitely something to celebrate.  It gave us an excuse to take work off and enjoy doing what ever we wanted to do for 3 whole days!  Jake and I decided that our anniversary weekend has been the best weekend of our married life so far.   It was filled with a lot of sailing, snorkeling,swimming, delicious meals, laughs and a whole lot of fun with just each other. 
We ended up sailing to St. John, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands that is just about 2 miles away from St. Thomas.  When we arrived it felt like escape from the hustle and bustle of St. Thomas.  We spent the night moored in Caneel Bay, it was quiet and very enjoyable.  That night was a bit of rock and roll because of the swells and the wind direction, so after not much sleep we decided to find a better spot for the next night. 
The following day we sailed over to Christmas Cove on the island of Great St. James.  It was a great place for us to snorkel and enjoy that night with a delicious dinner, laying on the deck looking at the stars and watching a movie outside.  
After a better nights sleep we were ready for more adventure the next day.  We woke up made breakfast and sailed off to a new spot.   This time we headed over to Buck Island, an island near St. Thomas with a lot of turtles and rays to snorkel with.  Turtles are my favorite.  The water was the perfect temperature for a hot day and snorkeling was wonderful.  After a day of snorkeling we made a delicious lunch, took a nap (this is not something we do often) and then untied and sailed away and headed back to our slip where we will get back to normal life.  
Jake and I loved this weekend, we loved taking the boat out and it finally felt like we had a short little honeymoon that we weren't able to do right after the wedding. 
Here are some pictures from our sailing weekend.

So excited to get away and go sailing! Sportin' our sun protection!




Our little boat dog.


 


Moored in front of Caneel Bay Resort
Solomon Beach... I believe.

Delicious Dinners
 


Beautiful sunset relaxing in the cockpit
Jake all smiles while relaxing.


Another one of my new favorite pictures.
My handsome captain!




 

Absolutely magical 

Watching a lightning storm in the distance. 
Dozer yawning after a long day of doing nothing. 
A beautiful shell that Jake found, brought me, we documented then returned it to its home. 
All smiles after snorkeling with the turtles.


Monday, October 29, 2012

365 Days With This Guy!

For 365 days I have been married to this guy. 

A man who:
Makes me laugh.  Always makes me feel beautiful.  Takes me on adventures.  Encourages me to reach my goals.  Respects my values and beliefs.  Loves Ketchup.  Makes me waffles and other delicious meals.  Loves scuba diving.  Loves sailing. 
A man who has made this the best year of my life. 
We have been broke, rich, sad, happy, and everything else life brings and we are loving every minute sharing it with each other. So here is to 1 year and to all the years to come.
HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY my dear!



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Baking = Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

YUM!





I am not much of a cook, but I do really enjoy baking.  It has been so hot here lately I haven't wanted to add heat with the oven, so I have put off the urge to bake.    Today was a day of on-off again rain, a bit cooler and felt like the perfect day to finally bake something. 

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 16 oz cooked or canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2
    Grease two (9x5 inch) loaf pans or three (8x4 inch) loaf pans.
  • 3
    Mix flours, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a large bowl; set aside.
  • 4
    Mix pumpkin, oil, eggs, and 2/3 cup water together and stir into dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • 5
    Place batter in prepared pans.
  • 6
    Bake 60 or 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Keep in mind this recipe will make a large amount of bread.  I made one large loaf  and muffins.  Jake and I cut one muffin up, taste tested it, and now the muffins are going to Jake's work tomorrow and our fellow boaters at the dock.  
This was a winner of a recipe. Check it out. They are delicious!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Back On The Rock And Ready To Roll... A Highlight Of Our Highlights

Jake and I are back on the rock of St. Thomas and settling back into our routine and normal life here.  We've gone grocery shopping, unpacked, and gotten out of vacation mode.  I wanted to share some pictures and some of highlights to our trip that I haven't blogged about yet.


  •  It was a highlight to see my brother, sister-in-law and niece while we were in Maryland.  We haven't seen them since our wedding so it was great to visit for a bit and see their cute faces. (I have a couple cute pictures of my niece, but due to the fact that this is a public blog I didn't post any). Thanks for letting us visit Ryan and Julia! 
  • Dozer got a lot of play time at the dog park while I was in sailing lessons for 3 days.  Afterwards he was smelly and quite dirty, even though we love him smelly or not he needed a bath.  We found this fun place called Muddy Paws where you can pay a small fee and wash your dog.  Here are some pictures of Jake washing and blow drying Dozer. 

Wash. Rinse.
The blow dryer.
  • On our way up to PA we stopped in Baltimore to meet up with some friends who we met in St. Thomas and who now live in Maryland.  It was fun to see Jeff and Heather as well as visit the city where Jake and I had our first dates.  We love Baltimore! 


This is my new favorite picture of us! :)
This city is absolutely beautiful. 
This picture didn't come out as well as I would have hoped, but here we are meeting up with old friends. 
I was in heaven being able to visit a bookstore. 
  • The reason for our visit to Pennsylvania was to see Grandma and Grandpa O'Boyle.  It was so nice to visit and spend a few days with them.  Every moment made me miss my grandparents that have passed and my grandma in Hawaii.  I am thankful for them being part of my new family.  During our visit Grandpa took me on driving tours of the town he used to be Mayor of and showed me his childhood town.   It was wonderful to see Pennsylvania through their eyes and hear fun stories about Jake's visits there growing up.  

Jake and Dozer with Grandma and Grandpa O'Boyle

  •  Visiting during Fall was a highlight!  I love seeing the leaves changing and the crisp air.  I did complain a bit about how cold I was, but it was refreshing to see a season change.  






Friday, October 12, 2012

A World Of Color By Crayola


Did you know the first crayon color named by a child is called "Macaroni and Cheese"?  This is something Jake and I learned at the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA.  This is a place that gives you a wonderful, educational and colorful experience.   As we walked in I felt like we were walking into an elementary school, the building looked like a school in some ways, it smelt like crayons and all those familiar smells that I have been around in so many schools.  
At the admission desk adults pay $12per person, you are given two stickers to put on your shirt informing the "color crew" that you have paid.  You also receive two empty crayon boxes, a coupon for each person for a complimentary item (ours was Halloween molding clay), 2 tokens each (to purchase little items in token machines (i.e. box of crayons, markers) and a bag to carry all of your souvenirs that you collect. 
The factory tells you the story of Crayola, gives you the opportunity to try their different products, has "how they are made" shows, and you collect a crayon at 4 different secret stations to fill your empty crayon box.   Jake and I had a blast here.  We are not kids anymore, but learned a lot from this fun place.  We learned that they recycle their products and don't waste any of their crayons or markers etc.   We learned they play a role in solar energy and have the "Green Idea".
Here are some of the pictures from our colorful experience.

Picture perfect crayon!
Jake humoring me

Dry erase car


We colored a picture in the box and they made it into a 12 or 6 piece puzzle for us.
Jake coloring his puzzle
The color crew stamping out our puzzles.
A scribble wall



Making trick or treat bags
Paint then lay the paper bag on the monsters face.
Stick your monster bag in the drying oven

Mine and Jake's final project
This is the how it is done area.
A freshly made crayon... waiting for it to turn orange (takes about an hour)
If you look close you can see the white tip and the rest of it starting to turn orange.
Painting a dino with melted crayons.

The chalk walk (try out their side walk chalk)


A wall of crayon colors


 If you get a chance to visit PA and are in or around Easton this is a great place to check out.  Jake and I said we are going to definitely make it back here once we have children.  Kids about 5+ would have a wonderful time here! 
What would you name a crayon if you could choose the colors name?